Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Galerie Esther Schipper
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24.5 x 31.5 cm / 9.7 x 12.4 in
Published on the occasion of the exhibition
Ugo Rondinone: nuns + monks
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
September 12 – December 19, 2020
Ugo Rondinone is a conceptual and installation artist whose oeuvre spans abstract painting, photography, and sculpture. Nature is where he has long found inspiration, regeneration, and comfort: “In nature, you enter a space where the sacred and the profane, the mystical and the secular vibrate against one another.” Rondinone’s works oscillate between the extremes of interiority and engagement with the wider world; stone is often present in his art as a recurrent material and symbol. The sculptures in the series nuns + monks originated as limestone models; the artist made three-dimensional scans and then cast the works in bronze. As a reflection of the inner self in the outside world, the friable mineral contrasts with the solidity of the bronze; the natural genesis of the millennia-old stones with the presence of the polychrome casts in the here and now. nuns + monks attest to a visibility while also giving the impression of flinching from the gazes to which they expose themselves.
This publication features images of Rondinone's nuns + monks exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Rome, and Zurich, and an essay by Erik Verhagen.
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